Quick Thought: Perspective & Creativity

I live in Myrtle Beach, SC. It takes me about 7 minutes to drive to the coast. It’s a beautiful place for photographs. Beautiful, but redundant. Even in the most perfect sunrise or sunset, I’ve found myself stopping to think of how to set up a more creative shot. In my last post I talked about using long exposures to change up things a little bit: blur water and clouds to create a creamy/painted looking scene. Changing perspective is another way to open up your creativity.

Sunrise, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Sunrise, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

USA Today’s YourTake featured a photograph of mine from Ocean Isle Beach, NC. It was a shot from February 2015’s sunrise. A lovely but plain, cloudless sunrise. Soft colors, sparkling sand and water, and a pier. I moved all over, took different shots but just wasn’t feeling it.

So I stopped. And looked. And thought. (and I had to think quickly before the sun was too high – it moves more quickly than you think).

There were little shells all over the beach. Usually people look down at shells. What if I used the shell as the main subject/foreground of my composition. We usually don’t get on the ground and look straight-on at a shell.

This perspective is different. Its not usual. I changed my settings to open my aperture, bring the shell into sharp focus, and blur my background. The sunrise was there, so was the pier and the sparkling sand and ocean. But I achieved a unique shot that I was (and still am) extremely happy with.

So the next time you feel in a rut, try changing your perspective. Stop, look around, and try something new.

Thanks for stopping by!

A Sharp-Shot at Night

Pulling off a sharp-shot at night…

Diana of the Chase

24mm, f/2.8, 1 sec., ISO 800 Nights of 1000 Candles, Brookgreen Gardens, SC

Diana of the Chase is a statue in Brookgreen Gardens, a sculpture garden at the south end of Murrells Inlet, SC. Each year in December, Brookgreen hosts “Nights of 1,000 Candles”. Lights and candles adorn ancient Live Oak trees sculptures, and buildings throughout the property. It’s worth a trip to coastal South Carolina in December.

Technically, you’re not supposed to bring in tripods, so I only toted around my monopod. A long exposure was tricky, but with vibration control on my Tamron 17-50mm lens, I was able to pull off a 1 second exposure for this shot. The lens opens to an f-stop of 2.8 letting in a lot of light, which allowed me to keep my ISO a little lower. (Tip: While higher ISO’s allow you to keep your shutter speed faster, it adds a bit more noise or grain into your shot, and reduces detail. Sometimes a high ISO is just necessary. You just have to figure out when and where you can get away with it.)